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The Origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

Piano PlayingRock ‘n’ Roll music is among the most popular genres of music in the entire world. People from all walks of life, all over the world listen to it. Most people believe that rock and roll began with Elvis. After all, he is the “King” is he not? As popular as this belief is, it is simply not true. Rock and roll was around long before Elvis ever came about. The article below will show you how rock ‘n’ roll music originated and grew into the huge genre it is today. Read on and learn.

If you ask most experts in musical history, you are going to get one common answer with regards to the origin of rock n’ roll. You cannot pinpoint the birth of rock and roll to a specific date, artist or song. Rather, it is important to note that rock ‘n’ roll is an evolution and combining of other types of music. Generally speaking, most people agree that rock and roll emerged from several different types of music that existed in the United States in the early part of the 20th century. This includes, blues, jazz, ragtime and gospel.

While rock ‘n’ roll is viewed as primarily a Caucasian type of music, it is important to note that a majority of the artists that influenced its emergence were African American. In fact, many people believe that rock ‘n’ roll music was a development of the integration of “black” and “white” music. During the 1930’s popular African American jazz musicians, like Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway were leading the swing movement. They are among the first artists to play for integrated rooms, where both white and black fans could enjoy the music together. This was important because it exposed white audiences to black music, something they had not payed much attention to in the past.

This lead to many white artist playing historically black styles of music. White music producers such as John Hammond began using traditional black rhythm and blues beats and riffs to his white artists. This was the basis for many white rock ‘n’ roll legends such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

While there is no question that Elvis had a profound impact on the popularization of rock ‘n’ roll, if you ask most historians, they will tell you that the one true originator of this genre was Chuck Berry. Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri and got his start playing with Jonnie Johnson, a blues and jazz musician. When he began to combine his “hillbily” style of music with the styles of Muddy Waters and Nat King Cole, people say the first true rock ‘n’ roll tracks were born. Among his first hits were Maybellene and Roll over Beethoven.

Having read the article above, you should now have a deeper appreciation for rock ‘n’ roll and how it originated. Since it’s popularization, this genre has expanded even further and now encompasses an even wider scope. Piano playing rock ‘n’ roll was very popular in the 50’s.